[ISN] The Pentagon Is Rethinking a $475 Million Cyber Defense Proposal

http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2015/05/pentagon-rethinking-475-million-cyber-defense-proposal/113635/ By Aliya Sternstein Nextgov May 25, 2015 Nearly a week after extending the terms of its original proposal, U.S. Cyber Command revoked a 5-year contract offer that aimed to backfill significant staffing shortages. Cyber Command has called off a sweeping solicitation that would have outsourced support for cyberspying and network attacks against foreigners, as well as the defense of military networks. As of Friday afternoon, there were few details on why the five-year-old command, which is racing to staff up, revoked an April 30 request for proposals from contractors. The jobs were worth up to $475 million over five years. Drawing major assistance from industry was supposed to help deploy the so-called Cyber National Mission Force, according to the original solicitation. The purpose of the venture was “to streamline USCYBERCOM’s acquisition of cyber mission support capabilities and services, information technology services, and cyber professional services” across multiple disciplines “under a centralized structure.” But now the Pentagon is rethinking the whole investment. […]




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